• Saturday, May 08, 2021
  • Last Update : 04:54 am

Govt looking to ease lockdown

  • Published at 10:10 pm April 27th, 2020
Empty dhaka streets-opu-police
File photo: Police enforce lockdown during coronavirus pandemic at a Dhaka street Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has decided to allow hotels and restaurants in the capital to sell iftar items and grocery shops to remain open until 4pm

The government is looking to ease the lockdown and gradually restore normal life, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said during a video conference with representatives and officials of districts under Rajshahi division on Monday. 

A month after the imposition of a lockdown to enforce social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, most garment industries resumed production on Sunday.

In addition, the government on Thursday decided to open its offices under 18 ministries at the division, district and upazila levels on a limited scale during the extended general holidays until May 5.

 “Darkness is not permanent; there will certainly be light soon,” the prime minister said at the video conference. 

“Five people died of Covid-19 yesterday, and we hope the death rate will decrease. Once that happens, we will gradually remove restrictions on vehicles and goods transportation,” she added.

“There is no obstacle to goods transportation right now. I have already given instructions regarding this matter. We are thinking about more options for goods transportation to ensure that market prices remain normal,” she added.

Furthermore, Dhaka Metropolitan Police has decided to allow hotels and restaurants in the capital to sell iftar items and grocery shops to remain open until 4pm from Tuesday.

Although the Inspector General of Police earlier sounded strict on the sales of iftar items, the DMP has now eased the restrictions. Restaurants in Dhaka will be able to sell iftar items from Monday, but only as takeaways.

“Eateries will still not be allowed to set up stalls on the footpaths, and restaurants are still not allowed to serve customers on their premises,” said DMP Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman. 

The DMP has also decreed a two-hour extension of the time during which grocery stores and small shops can stay open in the capital. 

“They can now remain open until 4pm, instead of 2pm, during the shutdown imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus,” the DMP deputy commissioner added.

However, the business hours for kitchen markets and super shops will remain from 6am to 5pm, he further said. Drug stores and emergency services are exempted from the restrictions.

Bangladesh has been under lockdown since March 26, with the period of closure being extended several times — most recently until May 5.

147
Facebook 137
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail